Niger - Rural, Semi-Urban and Urban Electrification Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Dec 2016
Signature Date 10 Mar 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 51,720,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Rural, Semi-Urban and Urban Electrification Project (PEPERN) is part of a comprehensive program to increase domestic production capacity and electricity access, part of which is funded by other Technical Partners (PTF) included BOAD, IDB, World Bank and AFD. Niger imports more than 70% of its energy consumption; the Bank's intervention will be aimed at reducing this large dependence, which exposes the country to any lesser risk of supply from Nigeria, its major supplier. The project will also help to respond to production shortfalls in the short term while providing immediate solutions to the urgent electricity access needs of the populations in the rural, peri-urban and urban areas concerned. It mainly entails: (i) the construction of electricity infrastructure including the extension of the distribution grid, connecting 46,000 households, and increasing local power capacity by 20 MW, (ii) institutional support through the conducts of feasibility studies for projects in rural areas and (ii) capacity building for energy sector stakeholders. The project will be executed over a four-year period (48 months) from 2017 to 2020.

Project Objectives

The PEPERN’s overall objective is to increase the electricity access rate for the communities in Niger’s eight regions. This project aims to support the Government of Niger (GoN) in facing the energy sector's main constraints and challenges by specifically: (i) increasing the current national electricity access rate (11%); in rural areas, which holds 80% of the population, this number goes down to 1%; (ii) improving the sector's governance characterized by a lack of studies and decision-making tools, and a need for capacity building among stakeholders.


The project will benefit on the one hand, households in rural, semi-urban and urban areas of Niger, namely 46 000 households made up of about 50.3% of women, and on the other hand, stakeholders in the energy sector such as the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the Energy Regulatory Authority (ARSE), the National Solar Energy Center (CNES), the Agency of Niger for the Promotion of Rural Electrification (ANPER) and the Niger Electricity Company (NIGELEC). Small and medium-sized enterprises, shops, workshops and other processing units (grain mills) will also largely benefit from this power grid extension.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Nigerian Trust Fund
Government Of Niger
Société Nigérienne d’Electricité (NIGELEC)


IATI identifier 46002-P-NE-F00-004
Last Update 06 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name BALL Fatimata

Geographic Location

Country Niger
Coordinates Location Name
16 13.5 Diffa
14.8888 5.2692 Tahoua
13.5137 2.1098 Niamey